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C. Dan Adams … Donor PUBLICITY STUNT???

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Donor PUBLICITY STUNT???: Well … below are the donor totals through 9/30/2019 from the SC Department of Revenue that we were able to obtain because Jeff Davis (the target of anonymous and defamatory political email attacks) filed a FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT lawsuit against the SC Department of Revenue. Probably why these email attacks started up on 9/25/2019, but more on that later.

And the DONATIONS are worse than ANYONE could have expected …. and explains why (not so) Exceptional SC leadership REFUSED to tell school leaders how much had been raised.

But instead of #FireChadConnelly doing something to fix this (if he is even capable … which we doubt) …. Chad was hanging out at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans this month doing “political” stuff WHEN HE SHOULD BE RAISING FUNDS FOR YOUR CHILD’S SCHOLARSHIP HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA!!!

And instead of addressing the DATA BREACH …. on Friday (not so) Exceptional SC sent out a CELEBRATORY email promoting a $100,000 donation from C. Dan Adams.

Our question …. #1 WHY DID C. DAN ADAMS NOT DONATE EARLIER IN THE YEAR (or did he, and this is just a “stunt”?) …. and #2 WHO IS C.DAN ADAMS????

Normally praising donors is a good thing …. and we would not call it out … but C. Dan Adams is no ordinary donor …. and in fact, his organization was a major cause of this DEBACLE!!!!

For full article, click HERE.

PLUS … there are some rather NASTY posts about C. Dan Adams online by public interest group(s) about how he takes advantage of low income families.

And ironically … a FAILED SOUTH CAROLINA BANK that cost the FDIC and taxpayers $75 MILLION DOLLARS!!!!  Here is the FDIC report as well … CLICK HERE.

(For full article click HERE.)

And WORST of all as it applies to this program … C. Dan Adams organization …. Palmetto Promise Institute … was intimately involved in this 2016 GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER of the scholarship program.  

REMEMBER … it was C. DAN ADAMS’ PALMETTO PROMISE INSTITUTE that said this GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER would make the program BIGGER. BETTER. FASTER. #MAJORFAIL!!!  Palmetto Promise Institute has removed that failed “Legislative Analysis” from their website … but we have a copy.  Click image below.  

REMEMBER, DOR RECOMMEND THIS DEBACLE … RECOMMENDED THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER … AND NOW THEY REFUSE TO STEP UP TO FIX IT!!!

We will have MUCH MORE in the coming weeks … stay tuned!!!

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Countdown to SEPTEMBER 15TH

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The days are quickly slipping away … and we don’t have a lot of time.  If the remaining four board members at Exceptional SC don’t get together with us … and start working together in the next week or so … we won’t get anything accomplished when the SC Legislature goes back to Columbia on SEPTEMBER 15th. 

It’s NOW … or the 2020-2021 program year is lost. Remember, as of June 30th, 2020, Exceptional SC did not have much in the bank … and we don’t think they have done much since…

How is this situation affecting your family? Have you made a decision about the upcoming school year … are you taking a risk of not getting scholarship and still keeping your child in the same school … or are you planning on alternative arrangements? 

Perhaps you are mobilized to make sure the legislators make the necessary changes? Unless legislators “fix” the program as we are requesting, we don’t know how Exceptional SC will be able to even give 10% scholarships in the FALL.

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A VISION for Fixing the Program

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A parent asked this week if we were “at all hopeful the scholarships may still come through for this school year?”

Well … IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT HAPPENS HERE SHORTLY.  It can be done … easily … “if” the remaining 4 board members work cooperatively in supporting this vision.

THE VISION TO FIX EXCEPTIONAL SC


If we can win adding back CONSTITUTIONAL”independent non-profits” when the legislature returns on September 15th, CPAs will be comfortable to recommend the program to their clients, people that actually care about the kids will be involved (not just “paid” fundraisers) … and we have no doubt that the collective “we” (ourselves and other groups who want to get involved) will raise the full 2020 available $12 million by 12/31 …. and next year’s available $12 million in early January 2021.

We have personally done it before … independent non-profits are doing it today all across the nation … EASY!!!

That is $24 million raised for scholarships in the next 6 months … by 1/31/2021 … which will turn this mess around FAST … REAL FAST!!!

The legislative language is already drafted and LOTS of legislators are behind it an ready to go.

Who is not behind it yet … who have we not heard from yet … the Exceptional SC Board.

If they do nothing September 15th when the legislature comes back into session … or more of the same … we will be lucky if Exceptional SC raises a few million dollars over the next 6 to 12 months.  That is their track record … so why keep doing the same?

HOW CAN YOU HELP?:  

PLEASE – Contact EXCEPTIONAL SC BOARD:  

Ask them if they will support INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITSAsk them if they will meet to discuss a solution.  It is not hard … but the time for them to speak-up is NOW!!! 

Betsy Fanning, Head of School, Trident Academy. bfanning@tridentacademy.com, 843-884-7046 x111 (school)

Michael Acquilano, Director, South Carolina Catholic Conference. MAcquilano@catholic-doc.org 843-261-0535 (office) 843-709-2717 (cell)

Edward Earwood, Executive Director, South Carolina Association of Christian Schools.   eearwood@christianeducation.org  803-798-7558 (office) 843-513-5010 (cell)

Dr. Spencer Jordan, Executive Director, SCISA.    administration@scisa.org  &  sjordan@scisa.org   803-535-4820 (office)

And we DON’T have a lot of time:   If the remaining four board members at Exceptional SC don’t get together with us … and start working together in the next week or so … we won’t get anything accomplished when the SC Legislature goes back to Columbia on SEPTEMBER 15th. 

It’s NOW … or the 2020-2021 program year is lost.

CALL your Exceptional SC Board Member … TODAY!!!

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“The Landscape Is Changing” – An Opportunity To Fix Everything

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As we are still awaiting a formal announcement from “Exceptional SC” as to Chad Connelly & Tom Persons’ separating from Exceptional SC we need you to realize … this is not a VICTORY … it is an OPPORTUNITY!!! 

We are all relieved to have the two biggest opponents to fixing this program in Chad Connelly & Tom Persons OUTGONE … from Exceptional SC … but there is work to be done.

This is the biggest opportunity to fix everything … correct all the problems of the past … but as encouraging as these words might be from the Exceptional SC attorney Friday a week ago … “The landscape is changing” … those are just words from their attorney.  We need ACTION!!!

We have a HUGE PROBLEM … yes!!!  We have all felt that very personally and our children have suffered because of it.  Well now we have an OPPORTUNITY.  Will we have VICTORY?  The next week or so will tell us which direction we are heading.

We really hope we never have to use the name (not so) Exceptional SC ever again!!!  Will it be the last time? It all depends on what happens next … in the next week or so with the remaining FOUR Exceptional SC Board Members.  Will they take advantage of the OPPORTUNITY???

YES … believe it or not … this big mess can ALL be fixed, and fixed soon. There is no reason all $12 MILLION can not be raised before 12/31/2020 if we have independent non-profits involved. We have no doubt we can do it … and fund the scholarships quickly!!!

And NO … outsourcing it to “professional fundraisers” that don’t know how these programs work … will not work …

More on that soon – STAY TUNED…

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